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Upgrade Your Residence's Curb Appeal Without Breaking Your Budget
Posted on 01/28/2020
Upgrade Your Residence's Curb Appeal Without Breaking Your Budget
Believe it or not, upgrading your residence's curb appeal won't necessarily force you to break your budget. Now, let's take a look at three cost-effective ways to improve your house's curb appeal. 1. Mow the Lawn Tall grass and weeds are unlikely to do you any favors, particularly if you want to reap the benefits of a fast, profitable...
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Choose the Right Smart Home Gadgets
Posted on 01/21/2020
Choose the Right Smart Home Gadgets
Not all smart home devices are created equal. If you wind up paying a high price for a smart home gadget you do not need, you risk wasting precious time and resources. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to make informed smart home device purchases, such as: 1. Consider Your Smart Home Device Needs The needs...
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6 Selling Points for a Successful Home Sale
Posted on 01/14/2020
6 Selling Points for a Successful Home Sale
It’s a competitive selling market and we all know how difficult it can be to entice buyers with your home.There are a number of ways to highlight the best features of your house. From staging to great real estate photos, marketing your home is a key aspect to ensuring a sale. However, sometimes sellers miss out on opportunities to...
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Reduce the Time It Takes to Sell Your Residence
Posted on 01/07/2020
Reduce the Time It Takes to Sell Your Residence
Enjoying a quick, easy home selling journey is ideal. Yet many problems may arise that could make it tough for a property seller to streamline the home selling journey. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you what it takes to reduce the time it takes to sell your house. Now, let's take a look at three tips to...
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3 Signs That Now Is a Good Time to Apply for a Mortgage
Posted on 12/31/2019
3 Signs That Now Is a Good Time to Apply for a Mortgage
For many individuals, the homebuying journey often begins with getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Because if a buyer has a mortgage, he or she can enter the real estate market with a budget in hand. Ultimately, there are many signs that now may be the perfect time to apply for a mortgage, and these include: 1. You're ready to...
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Speed Up Your House Selling Timeline
Posted on 12/24/2019
Speed Up Your House Selling Timeline
The process of selling your house may seem endless at times. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to speed up your home selling timeline, and these are: 1. Conduct a House Inspection Although a home inspection usually is requested by a buyer after a seller accepts an offer to purchase a house, you may want to...
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Tips for Making Your Home Safe for Pets
Posted on 12/17/2019
Tips for Making Your Home Safe for Pets
Image by Irina from Unsplash Whether you have young pets or older ones, there are certain household hazards to be aware of. Puppies and kittens can get into trouble while exploring different parts of your home out of curiosity. Adult dogs and cats can also end up getting hurt or sick from common household dangers for pets. Keep...
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Step-Up Basis and Real Estate
Posted on 12/10/2019
Step-Up Basis and Real Estate
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay Suppose you’ve inherited your parents’ longtime home. Suppose they paid $100,000 for it, and it’s now worth $300,000. Had they sold it while it was in their possession, they would have avoided paying capital gains tax due to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Now that it’s yours, has that tax avoidance...
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3 Common Homebuying Concerns, and How to Address Them
Posted on 12/03/2019
3 Common Homebuying Concerns, and How to Address Them
If you plan to buy a home in the immediate future, there are several concerns that you should address before you embark on your house search. In fact, some of the most common homebuying concerns include: 1. Lack of Home Financing You know you want to purchase a house, but obtaining financing sometimes is difficult. Fortunately, if you meet...
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How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
Posted on 11/26/2019
How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
Do you know how to get your house ready for the real estate market? If not, you may miss out on opportunities to showcase your home to the right buyers. Perhaps even worse, you may struggle to maximize your home sale earnings. When it comes to selling your house, it usually helps to plan ahead. Fortunately, we're here to...
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You Can Buy a Home Without an Agent, But…
Posted on 11/19/2019
You Can Buy a Home Without an Agent, But…
You may be thinking to yourself that rather than hiring an agent, you could use that commission money for something else. In most cases, buyers' real estate agents will ask for five to eight percent of the property's purchase price, which is certainly not cheap. After all, can’t you just post your ideal house on a Facebook forum...
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Finding Property Gold In Less Desirable Areas
Posted on 11/12/2019
Finding Property Gold In Less Desirable Areas
If you’re looking for the perfect location to live but can’t quite afford the neighborhood that you’re vying for, a good option is to look for what’s deemed a "up and coming" neighborhood. These areas are where buyers can find the perfect house in a place where property values are only going to increase in the coming years. Buyers...
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